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on monday morning october 9th my life and the lives of my entire family members were changed forever. >> right now at 11:00, nearly a week after the fire started the families of the victims trying to heal and honor loved ones lost. >> but the fires are still threatening so many more homes and families. tonight an intense firefight continues in the north bay. the news at 11:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for joining us on this saturday night. i'm kris sanchez.
>> and i'm terry mcsweeney. another difficult night ahead for firefighters as the weather threatens to push the flames yet again. here's the latest information. firefighters have increased containment on several of the largest fires burning in the north bay. but a red flag warning has been extended until tomorrow morning, meaning another night of strong and unpredictable winds. >> the death toll for those fires here in the north bay area and across northern california is now up to 40. 22 people alone died in sonoma county. six in napa county. overnight more mandatory evacuations ordered for parts of sonoma valley and santa rosa. people awoken and forced to flee. >> we have live team coverage for you. nbc bay area tom jensen begins our coverage near santa rosa along highway 12 where firefighters have been on scene all day long trying to keep those flames from the homes and businesses. thom. >> reporter: they really have. and you know, santa rosa has been hit so hard. so many homes and businesses
lost. so much loss of life. and where we are right now there's a children's detention central over here, a district attorney's office just beyond that, a winery this way and another vineyard this way. and tonight they're trying to fight fire with fire. i walked up on the fire lines back here. they're lighting a lot of backfires, trying to save this vineyard back here and also those other assets. we see the sky glowing just in the -- off in the distance here where that district attorney's office is on the other side of the youth detention facility. so they're really hoping that these backfires that they're lighting tonight will stop this from moving into those other areas into the vineyard, into those other properties, and into santa rosa because there are still neighborhoods on edge there tonight and they do not want to see what they saw last sunday. in the dry hills between sonoma and santa rosa a spot fire burns through dry vegetation near homes. winds cause embers from towering plumes to scatter across wide
areas of the surrounding wine country. >> the winds intensified, and the fire just crew in size and quickly. >> reporter: some of the fires burning very near where entire neighborhoods were torched earlier this week. a kick in the gut to families who live in the area and who had just returned to their homes after being evacuated for five days. >> we all got a good night's sleep last night thinking okay, we're out of the woods. >> reporter: kristen yadnacek woke up at about 4:50 this morning and read an emergency alert on her cell phone. her neighborhood was going to be evacuated again. >> the north and south. and at that point a huge sea of police officers from all over the state basically came in with their bullhorns, mandatory evacuation, leave immediately, mandatory evacuation, leave immediately. >> reporter: kristin's not leaving her home, though. staying behind she says to protect her house and keep neighbors informed about their
homes. but with winds causing new fires everywhere fire officials fear kristin and others who don't leave could be overrun by the flames. tonight they say we are back to "day one conditions," when the people of santa rosa and neighboring communities we can up to walls of flames charging toward their homes. >> you know, flames fanned like a hurricane and every single structure in a couple of neighborhoods gone. >> reporter: not much more than the neighbors and the firefighters here can say but just praying that they don't have those conditions again and those spot fires starting everywhere. near santa rosa, tom jensen, nbc bay area news. >> it could be a very long night. thank you very much, thom. well, all day long firefighters worked to stop those flames from reaching the ledson winery on highway 12. that's just one spot. during our 5:00 and 6:00 newscast our garvin thomas showed you live pictures of that firefight. flames surrounding that popular
winery. and it remains under threat tonight. berkeley firefighters releasing incredible new video tonight of what they saw the very first night of the north bay fires. members of berkeley engine 6 say they thought they were responding to a grass fire near santa rosa. when they got closer, though, they were surprised to see the glow of flames within city limits. just the beginning of the shock and disbelief. the kmart which they were supposed to use as a staging ground was burning. they ended up near a gas station. it was on fire too. you can hear firefighters in the background wondering why structures were being allowed to burn out of control. well, now it's very understandable. there was nothing anyone could do to stop those flames. too much too fast. the video was shot early monday morning. as we mentioned, that red flag warning still in effect. taking a live look outside san francisco right now. >> and air quality for the greater bay area did improve today but the situation in wine country remains dangerous. meteorologist rob mayeda tracking those conditions.
>> right now seeing the breezy conditions in the north bay. wind speeds have certainly backed off from earlier today when we saw 20 to 40-mile-per-hour gusts. winds at six to the north in novato right now and bay area-wide the winds have backed off and humidity levels have started to increase again up to 45% in napa. but as we mentioned at the top of the hour, red flag warning has been extended through 8:00 tomorrow morning for the north bay hills and east bay hills because of the winds. as we head toward sunrise tomorrow you see these around 8:00 a.m. the winds likely will pick up just after sunrise from about 15 to 35 miles per hour, which in turn is going to help take the humidity levels down even during the morning hours, down to 17% at about 8:30 in the morning around napa. day begins with a red flag warning but the long-term forecast may finally have some good news for firefighters, a significant chance of significant rainfall returning to the bay area. look at that in our seven-day forecast coming up in about eight minutes. back to you. >> thank you very much, rob. let's take a look at the latest
numbers from those fires. now the pocket fire grew slightly in the last few hours. now it's burned more than 11,000 acres. firefighters have been able to hold the destructive tubbs fire to 35,000 and the nuns fire grew slightly to 47,000 acres. the atlas fire remains at 50,000 acres. despite the increased winds today, firefighters are making progress on the containment. the tubbs fire is at 50% containment. that means it cannot grow along half of the perimeter. the atlas fire not far behind at 48%. well, as the fires continue to rage in the north bay, the families who lost loved ones are just beginning the long journey toward healing. >> nbc bay area's sergio quintana talked with a son who lost his mother and joins us now with that emotional story. it must have been very tough to talk to him, sergio. >> reporter: yeah, it's been a difficult week for his entire family. veronica mccomb's son says that awful them basically converged on his san jose home when they found out that she had passed
away on monday. as firefighters struggle to get a handle on the wine country fires and high winds prompt more evacuations jeremy coyle says his mother veronica would have been one of the people volunteering to help evacuees. >> she was the first person to -- whether it was within the community or within the family offer her assistance to those in need. >> reporter: 67-year-old veronica mccombs died alone in her santa rosa home the first night of the fires. her home was the site of countless gets toths over the years. it was even the wedding venue for his sister. her absence is especially difficult because her home was such a focal point to the whole family. >> she was the eldest, and all of her siblings and all of her cousins have reached out to us and supported us wonderfully. >> reporter: coyle says his mother loved caring for her new granddaughter and was enjoying retirement. she was recently able to travel
to rome. the family has been grieving in private, and actually he says they were reluctant to issue a public statement, but they did want to acknowledge all the support that they've been getting from family and a lot of her friends and support there in santa rosa as well. reporting live, i'm sergio quintana, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, sergio. governor jerry brown did tour some of the worst-hit areas of santa rosa by air and on the ground today. he spoke with some of the people who lost everything in the fire. senators dianne feinstein and kamala harris you see there toured the area with him and then the three spoke at a community meeting at santa rosa high school. they addressed concerns about what happens next for those fire victims. >> i can say that this is truly one of the greatest if not the greatest tragedy that california's ever faced. the devastation is just unbelievable. it's a horror that no one could have imagined. but we're here to do what we can. >> the governor and the senators promised to keep more federal
aid coming to help the county -- the counties recover from the disaster. for people returning home after the flames they're dealing with another threat now. looters. our cameras were there as police arrested an alleged looter in the leveled coffey park neighborhood of santa rosa. officers laid out several pieces of evidence, and those include cell phones, jewelry. there was even a bb gun. some people have put signs up around the city warning looters to stay away. all week long we've seen powerful images from the wildfire like this one sent by our viewer whitney pratt. it's a car burned in half, which she found in the ruins of the nuns fire. this photo shows entire buildings gutted also in the nuns fire, which is still the most active firefight tonight. kent lindsay sent us this picture, which is worth a thousand words. it shows the iconic "welcome to napa valley" sign with the wildfire burning in the background. if you have photos or video from the wildfire you can send them
to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. still to come, the fires forced one bride to make a last-minute decision to save her special day. how she managed to make the most of it. also -- >> hey, baby! >> one family went back to see what was left of their home and got the surprise of a lifetime. the emotional reunion that's now gone viral. and a change in the wind brought some better air quality to parts of the bay area today. will that continue for sunday and finally a chance of rain which could help firefighting efforts in the north bay? a look at that in our seven-day forecast when we come right back. at stanford health care, we can now repair complex aortic aneurysms without invasive surgery. if we can do that, imagine what we can do for varicose veins.
experience have been heading to places like the livermore valley. this is the height of winery wedding season other. and one couple's wedding was set tonight in st. helena but the tubbs fire sent them scrambling for a backup plan. they found it at murietta's will well in the livermore valley. we showed it to you during our 1wr6 newscast. the family says they had 48 hours to move the whole event 70 miles south. their vendors also based in the napa valley rushed to help. >> murietta's well was able to make it happen and get us dinner and fitting in the venue and get everything set up in just two days, and everybody's been so amazing and supportive in spite of like what they're going through and dealing with at home. it's just been wonderful. >> 1re7bdovendors across liverm valley say they've experienced a surge in business. many of them are hosting fund-raiser for victims in napa, mendocino and sonoma counties. a journey to find a loved
one who dismaerd during the raging wildfires on monday has turned into an uplifting story amid so many tragic ones. >> nbc bay area's sam brock is live from the marquez springs area of santa rosa, and sam, flames nearly stole a family's beloved dog. >> reporter: yeah. i'll tell you what, terry, kris, good evening. for all of the devastation that the weaver family endured, flames surrounding their house late at night, the only bridge connecting this road here to their neighborhood burned off and their dog running away in the middle of the night scared. they had no idea how this experience would actually end. >> the anticipation is killing me. >> reporter: the walk of jack weaver's childhood driveway is about a half mile. but on tuesday morning he'd already conquered three miles of rugged terrain unsure of what he might find at the top. >> at that point we knew the house was gone. we were sure of it. we didn't know what was left.
>> it's gone. >> reporter: so jack and his brother-in-law ventured on, hoping against hope that somehow the family's 115-pound 9-year-old bernese mountain dog might just surface. after a night where flames forced his parents to flee, izzy the dog bolted just before reaching their car. >> she was gone into the darkness. she yelled for her. there was nothing to do. they literally got out with minutes. >> you didn't think this dog was going to survive. >> no. i didn't think so. >> reporter: but in this horror story, featuring a forced escape and a family's three-decade-old dream house going up in flames, there is a happy ending. >> the tractor's totally fine. izzy's here! izzy! >> izzy! >> izzy, come here, baby! >> oh, my god. oh, my god. >> izzy! hey, baby! >> how did this dog do it? >> i have no idea. she's a miracle dog. she survived cancer twice and now she survived the sonoma county fires, the worst one i think the state's likely ever
seen. and she's a miracle dog. >> reporter: now, the family still has no idea where izzy actually went during those 36 hours or so. but they tell me they did take her to the vet right after. she checked out just fine. a little bit dehydrated but other than that just fine. and the vet told them her thick fur actually insulated and protected her during this fire. reporting live from santa rosa this evening i'm sam brock, nbc bay area news. >> that is -- >> it's hard to believe. >> unbelievable. >> it is. it's a fantastic story. >> fact that izzy wouldn't get in the car. like we have dogs. i don't know tough a dog. but it's like when you want them to do the right thing they don't -- >> how scary. >> this could be a rough night for firefighters. do you think we're going to see a lot of evacuations overnight? >> the winds won't be as strong but the next 24 hours of the next seven days will be the warmest and driest we'll see. one more round of some gusty winds heading toward sunrise tomorrow morning and then finally some good news. coming up later on in the
seven-day forecast. first a check of temperatures. kind of chilly in santa rosa, down to 48 degrees. we can show from you san jose where it's 58 degrees. some of the clearest skies we've had this evening in quite some time. 58 right now. to san francisco. pretty view there. 61 degrees. a little more smoke kind of filtering back into the bay as the stronger offshore winds have subsided. during the day here's the sfrut nasa modus imagery looking down toward the north bay. the reason things cleared out was thanks to the northeasterly winds which helped clear things out in san francisco. tonight with the winds relatively light to start, probably a little more smoke filling into the central bay. by tomorrow morning around 7:00 a.m. as the winds pick up we think the highest levels of air pollution again should be centered in napa county, marin county and sonoma county. for tomorrow another spare the air day but the levels you see here about half of what they were two days ago. north bay seeing the worst of air quality for sunday afternoon. in terms of temperatures it will be chilly again.
low 40s in the wind-sheltered valleys of the north bay while the hilltops have a windy start to the morning. 40s and 50s to start the day and temperatures tomorrow will be a few degrees warmer than we had today. mid 80s in san jose. a chance of some upper 80s south of downtown. mid to upper 80s close to the tri-valley. 85 degrees in concord. 82 in oakland. and notice the humidity levels even around peninsula. 16% tomorrow. that's the other issue we'll be dealing with. those very dry conditions. highs in downtown san francisco may approach close to 80 degrees tomorrow and mid 80s in the forecast into the north bay. wind speeds between about 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. you see that. and the wind direction too offshore. and then the wind speeds will start to back off as we head toward the afternoon. but humidity levels with that warm and dry air in place, you can see that as we head into the afternoon, still very dry. now, the exact opposite pattern should take shape for the second half of the week. this is one that will bring us instead of wind we think wet
weather thursday into friday, which could be the most rain we've seen since april 16th in the north bay. that's the way things are stacking up right now for the second half of the week. one more 24-hour period of breezy and dry conditions. and then maybe finally some good news in terms of the weather forecast is we could see a half inch of rain in parts of the north bay thursday into friday. >> the most in six months. it couldn't come at a better time. >> we need it. thanks a lot, rob. let's take a look at sports. check it out. >> team teal picked up its first win of the season on thursday. tonight they looked to make it two in a row against the islanders. we have highlights coming up in sports.
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aaron dell made his first start in goal this season. that's because he was 2-0 against the islanders last season as we take you to the highlights real quickly. second period, this game tied at 1, as you see aaron dell getting ready for action. brock nelson caps off some tic tac toe passing by firing the wrister past dell. that puts new york up one. thomas greiss, he had a 40-save win for the islanders as they take this one 3-1 the final. a rematch from last year's nlcs. the dodgers hosting the cubs. l.a. erased a two-run deficit. they were up by one in the bottom of the seventh. then yasiel puig. yep no, doubt about that one. he takes mike montgomery deep. that's his first career postseason home run. the dodgers win 5-2. washington is coming off a bye week. they host the 49ers in our nation's capital on sunday. kickoff at 10:00 in the morning. and the raiders game against the chargers is as scheduled. 1:25 at the coliseum. we'll of course bring you all of those highlights tomorrow. enjoy the rest of your night. give you one last update on the
fire. a red flag warning has been extended there, until tomorrow morning. before we leave you we want to give you one last update on the fire. we've got a red flag warning that's been extended until tomorrow morning. the wind could push flames closer to homes and businesses across the region. but now 10,000 firefighters are on the job. containment numbers are going up. >> and tubbs fire which ravaged santa rosa is now 50% contained tonight. the pocket fire in sonoma county 15% contained. the nuns fire in sonoma county 10% contained. and the containment of the atlas fire is 48%. >> you were saying the winds come morning. >> just before sunrise and just right after that. that's the reason why the red flag warning's been extended to 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. less wind during the afternoon but still quite dry with highs in the mid to upper 80s around